4 veteran Philadelphia Eagles skating on thin ice entering training camp

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J.J. Arcega-Whiteside #19, Philadelphia Eagles
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54. . . . JJ Arcega-Whiteside, tight end. 19. player

JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s position switch doesn’t guarantee him a spot on this Philadelphia Eagles roster.

Well, you had to know, when you saw JJAW’s name mentioned earlier, that we’d cycle back around to him. It was apparent early that the former Stanford Cardinal standout didn’t have what it takes to make it at the highest level of football, but to their credit or detriment, depending on how you look at it, the Eagles brass has given him every opportunity to be successful.

He just hasn’t been able to prove that the confidence they keep showing him is warranted.

Sometimes, there’s no need to overthink things. When Mack Hollins made it clear that he, while occupying one of six wide receiver spots on the roster, wanted to be nothing more than a special teams player, someone should have determined that he was a bad fit for this Eagles team.

Once we realized that Arcega-Whiteside couldn’t catch, someone should have had the courage to make the tough choice… if it can be called that. Why are we agonizing over what to do with this guy? Why is he now allowed to compete for a job as a tight end and, for what seems like the third straight offseason, occupy a roster spot that should belong to someone more deserving?

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J.J. was handpicked by Jeffrey Lurie. We know that now, and he isn’t safe heading into training camp despite the position switch.

Dallas Goedert is a lock to make the team, and with one or two available spots on the roster (if Philly keeps two or three tight ends), Grant Calcaterra, Tyree Jackson, Jack Stoll, Richard Rodgers, and Noah Togiai are all better prospects with more talent. We could be watching J.J.’s final days in an Eagles jersey.